Avoid borax in your green cleaning products
Men working in boric acid-producing factories have a greater risk of decreased sperm count and libido. According to EPA’s safety review of these pesticides, chronic exposure to high doses of borax or boric acid causes testicular atrophy in male mice, rats and dogs.Animal studies reviewed by the EPA indicate that while the female reproductive system is less sensitive to borax, exposure to it can also lead to reduced ovulation and fertility. Borax and boric acid can cross the placenta, affecting fetal skeletal development and birth weight in animal studies of high-dose exposures.
I have not yet done a rigorous comparison of home use insecticides, so it’s hard for me to say if borax is the least toxic option. Obviously, any non-pesticidal ways to control roaches etc. are important (e.g. removing food sources, patching holes/cracks from which the bugs enter, using sticky traps), but sometimes they’re not enough. I certainly would avoid dusts or powders, especially in homes with young children, since the chemical can get everywhere in this form. Baits or traps might be a better option in these cases, as the pesticide is housed in a more discrete location.
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